Problems with low-income housing.
I live over here in California. What's going on is that originally last year, we had leaks in our downstairs bathroom ceiling. My landlord sent a "handyman" twice to fix it, but now the leak is worse, to the point the paint is peeling and a wood beam is partially exposed. We've also noticed that the carpet in the hallway has a two foot spot where it is continously soggy and isn't drying. It's been like that for a week now. No one has spilled anything in the hallway, so we are a little wary that one of the pipes needs to be replaced or there is something more serious going on? I'm not sure if I can get out of paying rent until this is taken care of, or what my legal options are. I called the Renter's Right's Association, but they just referred me over to the Housing Authority [my mom has low income housing]. We left a message for our worker, so needless to say, this should get interesting. The last time we spoke to my landlord about this problem, she began threatening to sell the house. However, we all know how well that would go over in the current market, especially a house that's not in prestine condition xD In the mean time though, we are going to start saving as much money as we can, looking at other houses, and I am having my mom and brother write statements about the last two times this guy visited and fixed the bathroom [I wasn't home at the time he was there]. We're also going to take pictures of the damage to the carpet and to the bathroom ceiling. This is not the only problem we have had with this house, but it's the most stressful and probably the most pressing one to get taken care of. I appreciate any feedback I can get about this!